Jacket Potato-American Style and Kid Friendly


As a nod to my British friends (and since its tis the season of Love Actually so London is constantly on my mind, I decided to make American jacket potato, potatoes. I’m sure an overwhelmingly amount of my American friends are scratching their heads right now. Hear me out to understand more about this delectable (cheap, easy and child friendly) treat.

When Will and I were living in London we had negative money to spend on food. One of our friends let us in on a way to shop cheaply and feel full. Yup, that’s the jacket potato. Bake a potato, and dress it however you want. Traditional student fare would dictate that this would mean beans, tuna mayonnaise or cheese. In Covent Garden they have a vendor that will top your potato with pretty much anything edible, including sweet toppings like melted marshmallows or chocolate and strawberries.

So this evening, as I was trying to figure out what to make that is Zara friendly AND something that would be delicious enough that my husband would take for lunch tomorrow, I came across the potato. We happened to have two enormous sweet potatoes, and as I said, I was feeling very nostalgic for England. Hence, jacket potatoes came to mind. This is what I did;

2 sweet potatoes. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, Zara loves to give things baths, so that was her job. We then put them in the microwave (simply for convenience, it takes forever in the oven). While those were cooking I decided I was going to top them with my take on British beans. I sautéed an onion and two heads of garlic, all minced. I then added a can of black beans with the water, and lightly salted. I let those cook down for 20 minutes and then added a half cup of frozen corn and a couple of hits of hot sauce and let that simmer for another 15 minutes.

While that simmered, I made cornbread. Z wanted muffins, I can’t say no to baking with her…so we mixed a jiffy box (best product ever), and added a 1/4 cup of cheddar cheese and extra corn.  These we’re cooked per box directions. When everything was done, I cut the potatoes in half, let Z sort of help me dish up the beans and added some lettuce on the side. What I hadn’t counted on was Zara deciding that she didn’t like potatoes today. So we quickly made some soba noodles, added soy sauce, peanut butter and black sesame seeds (it was what I had on hand) and boom, a (not as easy as I thought due to z’s pickiness) meal.


It was delicious, and a great take on a British student classic.

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